Three Swans at Sunset on Martel Lake
I canoed last night at sunset and a pair of Trumpeter Swans followed me around the big island. As the sun went down they were silhouetted and I jockeyed my canoe to keep the sun behind them as I snapped pix.
I heard a flock of Trumpeters overhead and switched to video as a new swan swooped in:
The newcomer eventually hung out with the pair.
I hope that these two swans are the pair that successfully raised cygnets on Martel two years ago and last year on a neighboring lake.
Last year the loons drove all swans from Martel Lake. This year so far only the male loon is present and I haven’t heard any battles. I saw the swans today in the marshy bay where they nested 2 years ago so I am hopeful I’ll get to watch them raise a family of little swans again.
Travis knows not to mess with Trumpeter Swans: